Charles Rice Goff III was given several opportunities between 1999 and 2010 to publicly share tales and opinions related to his personal history as an avant garde sound artist. These opportunities were generously provided by a variety of chroniclers of the underground experimental music world, and Goff has been both honored by and appreciative of the interest that each of these journalists has shown in his activities.
In this archive, Goff has collected and provided the text of nine interviews in PDF format. To help guide readers through this collection, a full discography of Goff's published audio and video albums as well as a catalog from Goff's Taped Rugs Productions recording label are included in this archive as well. Both the discography and the catalog cover the period from when the first Goff/Taped Rugs recording was released to the public in 1980 to the time that these interviews were posted in this archive in August of 2010.
Some Specifics About These Interviews:
1) HOMETAPING THERAPY, published in the British magazine: "Get Rhythm" in July, 1999, was written by Goff himself at the request of Tim Jones and Terri B. of the Stone Premonitions recording label. The article contains a number of anecdotes and observations regarding Goff's personal musical development which eventually lead to his participation in the home recording cassette culture of the 1980's and 1990's. Both an easy-to-read PDF transcript of this article and a jpeg scan from the magazine are archived here.
2) GO AHEAD, YOU REVIEW IT was a monthly online publication produced by home recording artist Don Campau around the cusp of the 21st Century. Campau provided Goff with a few unique and probing questions about humor and spirituality in music. Campau's inquiries and Goff's responses were published online in October, 2000. Campau stopped producing "Go Ahead, You Review It" only a few years after he had launched his first issue. However, he took on the task of chronicling the history of the home recording underground in 2009 with his online "Living Archive," which at the time of this writing can be accessed from the link below:
3) FREE IMPROV CASE STUDIES was a survey of people who had participated in a series of collaborative recording projects with sound artist Bret Hart. Jerry Kranitz, producer of the multi-faceted internet site for experimental music called: "Aural Innovations," provided questions to Hart's collaborators and published the responses online in January, 2002. The survey focuses on the differences between live improvisational collaborations and collaborations which involve the exchange and manipulation of sound recordings. The file archived here contains Kranitz's questions and Goff's responses. At the time of this writing, the full survey of all of Hart's collaborators is posted at the internet link below:
4) IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION is the name of an online publication, produced by home recording artist Rotcod Zzaj (aka Richard Metcalf), devoted to the undertakings of a wide range of creative performers and sound artists. In 2002, Zzaj questioned Goff about his personal artistic history and his ongoing artistic endeavors. This interview was published online in mid 2002. At the time of this writing, the full interview is posted on the internet at the link below:
5) The CHARLES RICE GOFF III INTERVIEW BY JERRY KRANITZ was published online by Kranitz's Aural Innovations in January, 2003. In late 2002, Kranitz conducted a lengthy interview with Goff over the telephone. Before the interview took place, Kranitz had received and studied several CDRs containing Goff's sound experiments (both solo releases and recordings made in collaboration with other artists, spanning a period of over 20 years). The conversation between Kranitz and Goff had all the endearing qualities of a friendly chit chat, while at the same time it had all the intriguing qualities of a reconnaissance mission to a surreal underground universe. Kranitz typed up a transcript of the phone call, acquired some photos from Goff, and posted it all online. This interview reveals Goff at his most spontaneous, and Kranitz deserves special recognition for orchestrating the whole production. At the time of this writing, the full interview is posted on the internet at the link below:
6) The TAPED RUGS 06 06 TOUR OF THE SOUTHEAST USA interview features another of Jerry Kranitz's over-the-phone chit chats with Goff. This one, transcribed and published online by Aural Innovations in January, 2007, focused on Goff's June, 2006, adventure to the home recording studios and surrounding environments of several sound artists who resided in the American Southeast. A few months after Goff had returned to his own home in Kansas, Taped Rugs Productions released to the public a huge quantity of audio, video, and photographic records from this adventure, in a package containing seven CDRs, a DVDR, and a twelve-page booklet. These productions are all archived online and can be accessed through the search link below:
Before conducting his interview, Kranitz once again did his homework, studying the contents of Goff's tour package in detail. In addition to posting the transcription of his telephone interview with Goff, Kranitz also reviewed each of the disks from the tour package in his online presentation. At the time of this writing, the full interview is posted on the internet at the link below:
7) NEO-ZINE was an online offspring of a small press American music magazine called: "Neobarbaric," headed up by the mysterious Carnal H. Coitus and associates. In 2008, Goff responded to some survey questions from an anonymous Neo-Zine interviewer, and the results were posted online, along with the responses from several other artists who had responded to the survey. Goff mainly discussed his songwriting techniques and his unique battery of instrumentation in this interview. At the time of this writing, this interview is posted on the internet at the link below:
8) Goff's 2010 revelations about his TAPE RECORDING TECHNIQUES were once again prompted by his interactions with Jerry Kranitz. Kranitz and Goff exchanged several email missives on the topic of multi-track tape recording, which eventually Kranitz edited down into a provocative post for the online "Cassette Culture" blog of "Yahoo Groups." The result comes across almost as a lecture by Goff on how to push a multi-track tape recorder to its limits. This presentation touches on some of the ways that Goff and other recording artists turned recording devices into compositional tools akin to musical instruments.
9) QRD is an online publication produced by Brian John Mitchell of Silber Records. The journal is focused around various aspects of musical composition. At the suggestion of Don Campau, Mitchell offered Goff the opportunity to respond to a survey about guitar playing in mid 2010. Goff's responses were posted online in issue #42 of QRD, along the responses from twenty other musicians of various backgrounds. At the time of this writing, Goff's responses can be viewed online at the internet at the link below: